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Comment & Response
February 2014

Induction or Augmentation of Labor and Autism

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(2):189-190. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4789

To the Editor I read with interest the article “Association of Autism With Induced or Augmented Childbirth in North Carolina Birth Record (1990-1998) and Education Research (1997-2007) Databases” by Gregory et al1 after hearing about the study through the news media. The study is a retrospective observational study exploring the association of labor induction and/or augmentation with autism spectrum disorders. There are serious flaws in the methods, data source, and conclusions of this study.

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